April 19, 2019

Eiffel Good

Bon Pâsques | The weekend is once more nearly upon us. The weather is looking good. I’m sure a hare around the countryside is in order. Stay Safe brothers & sisters!

April 18, 2019

Répartiteur

Le Telefon | “Allo allo!” More Gallic adventure with this policeman utilizing a bike mounted ‘phone whilst out on patrol. TRW Triumph looks clean. Deux Chevaux parked behind.

April 17, 2019

Une force humaine

Soixante Quinze | More Gendarmerie Nationale Motorcycle police from the fifties. The uniform is very formal from the shin high leather riding boots, jodhpurs, tunic jacket, white Sam Browne holster belt, shoulder aiguillettes, and white gauntlet gloves. Quite the appearance. White wall tyre’d Triumph Thunderbird complete the look.

April 16, 2019

“Vous êtes en état d’arrestation!”

Gendarmes Moto | a couple of French Motorcycle police are looking into some skullduggery on a nighttime Gallic street. The fact a pistol is drawn and pointing adds to the suspense. Black Triumph Thunderbird provides vehicular support in this apprehension. Zut Alors!

April 15, 2019

A Loss to Civilization

Nous sommes tous Parisiens | Terrible news from France today as fire engulfed Norte Dame. It is a City I love to stroll around “flâner à Paris looking at the architecture; and would one day hope to ride a Moto around doing likewise; stopping at the occasional street cafe and carry out another French pastime: people watching.

The Lady will be rebuilt and Paris will Triumph.

April 14, 2019

L’ amour

Je t’aime | French musician Serge Gainsbourg (L) gives a cheeky smile to his muse Jane Birkin who sits astride a high piped Tiger on some Rue de Paris. She’s sporting white thigh high go-go boots which puts the photo late sixties. – Moi non plus…

April 13, 2019

Reynard Road Crossing

Crabtree Farm | a sunny afternoon saw me take the Tiger for a quick fifty miler to Lake Bluff. Highlight of the ride was a red fox trotting across Sheridan Road in front of me. It was a slower section so no worries about hitting it. He was just minding his own business.

April 12, 2019

You too can be a Rembrandt

Paint by Numbers | all of those tank badges were painted by hand. Each one painstakingly given a pearly white background and black enamel lettering infill.

Factoid: Dan Robbins who invented Paint-by-Numbers in the fifties died last week aged 93.

April 11, 2019

Blueprint Carrier

Job Truck | a site meeting in the City today saw me motoring down a brisk Lake Shire Drive with a gusting breeze off the choppy waters of Michigan. A nip through urban traffic and easy parking. The plans didn’t blow off the back – that’s another story – and a discussion of good project particulars accomplished.

April 10, 2019

Mystery Moto

Thighmaster | someone loves their Bonneville. So much so that they’re willing to get it tattooed onto their upper leg.

April 9, 2019

Read all over

Pre Unit | Black & White graphic depicting a late 50’s twin cylinder Triumph engine. Nice clean artwork.

April 8, 2019

April

Warm up | The mercury touched 70 today giving a warm sunny prospect to the spring like proceedings. Wish I’d spent the day on a windy road through the countryside. Just like this…

April 7, 2019

Lotus

Jim Clark – Farmer, Motor Racing Driver | on this day in 1968 tragedy struck the racing world when scot Jim Clark was killed in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim Germany. Aged 32 his short but bright career saw him achieve great things in a very dangerous world. Seen as one of the greats his peers were shocked at the loss.

“He  was so smooth, he was so clean, he drove with such finesse. He never bullied a racing car, he sort of caressed it into doing the things he wanted it to do” Sir Jackie Stewart

April 7, 2019

I am the Light

Illuminating | Off-season project for the Bonnie. Replacing the headlight to clean-up electrics and lighting. The cafe look has gone with the low bars and rear-sets replaced by more standard fare.

April 6, 2019

Hound in the Hack

Comfy Chair | a respectable couple take their pet pup for a ride in the countryside. I’m sure there’s a picnic tucked away in there somewhere.